Life, liberty and the pursuit of pickles.

It’s astounding what a determined and slightly crazy group of people can do. For instance, the anonymous group who decided to create a national holiday for pickles in 2007. It’s five years later and national news sites like CNN pick up the story. Good work, people.

National Pickle Day, which is Wednesday, November 14th, has its own website, and as far as I can tell, it’s the original, although, given the popularity of pickles it’s possible that some purveyor of the puckery delicacy may yet lay claim to the origins of the day. Whatever. I like the motto of this site the best: “Eat a Pickle. Hug a Friend.” Good advice in all weathers.

So, what do you do on a special day for pickles to set it apart from its humdrum brethren? Presumably, bars and taverns across America have pickle specials going. You could order extra pickles with your burger. Thanks to wikiHow you could learn How to Make Simple Dill Pickles or How to Make Bread and Butter Pickles (if you do this, invite me over or send me some, please).

You could also make it a point to throw back a pickleback. Oh yes, my friends, there is such a thing. It’s a shot of whiskey chased by a shot of pickle brine. No, I’m not making that up. Check out Rachel Maddow teaching Jimmy Fallon all about picklebacks. You should use Jameson. And, don’t worry about a hangover.

Or, you could head to Tacoma, Washington, where a local pickle making company is sponsoring a city-wide pickle hunt with the support of the mayor. Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles is placing eight jars of pickles around town and there will be cash prizes and gift cards for successful hunters. Mayor Marilyn Strickland will kick of the hunt at 10:00 a.m. PST. It all happens on Facebook, where the clues will be posted every half hour. There are worse ways you could promote your city. And worse ways to celebrate National Pickle Day.

As I wind up here, leaving you to ponder your pickle choices – kosher dill? gherkin? sweet bread and butter? fried? – I’ll leave you with a couple of astounding facts, courtesy of the National Pickle Day website.

    More than half the cucumbers grown in the United States are made into pickles.
    Americans eat 26 billion pickles a year, or about 9 lbs. of pickles per person.

Now, go hug a friend.

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